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All about food, the food business, and the people who work in the industry.


24: My Medium, Not Your Medium, with Anucha Kongthavorn of Mae Krua
Nov 23 • 59 min
In 2007, Anucha Kongthavorn stepped off a plane in San Francisco from his native Thailand, and got a job cooking the same day. He's spent his career in the service industry, from restaurant busser to cruise ship butler, culminating in opening his own Thai…
23: Support The Farmers Directly (T&C Talk)
Nov 9 • 26 min
This episode we talk about something we both know a bit about: farmers’ markets. Both NeoCocoa and Spice Hound owe their early success to these neighborhood marketplaces, and we firmly believe they’re an amazing way for new food entrepreneurs to get…
22: Like a Gym, Except a Kitchen, with Dan Mills of Tinker Kitchen
Oct 26 • 50 min
Dan Mills turned his hobby of collecting commercial kitchen gadgets into Tinker Kitchen, a makerspace for community cooking. He joins us to talk about his inspiration for the space, why entrepreneurs need grit in the face of never-ending roadblocks, and…
21: Cake Scraps and Hugs, with Kelly Zubal of Inticing Creations
Oct 12 • 59 min
Kelly Zubal of Inticing Creations made a custom guitar birthday cake for Journey guitarist Neal Schon, and appeared on TV next to Martha Stewart. Now she’s here with us to talk about how she got started in her sculpted edible cakes career, her experiences…
20: Petri Dish Meats (T&C Talk)
Sep 28 • 59 min
We discuss the state of “plant-based meat alternatives” then taste seven different burgers, beef and not-beef, to see if we like (or can even identify!) the plant-based ones from Impossible Food and Beyond Burger. These are definitely not your old-school…
19: 850 Item To-Do List, with Marissa Daskalakis Tsangaropoulos of Fete Fraiche
Sep 14 • 58 min
Growing up in a big Greek family, cooking for large groups was a natural part of Marissa Daskalakis Tsangaropoulos’ youth. She eventually turned that passion for bringing people together over food into a business, Fete Fraiche, first as a personal chef,…
18: This Country Needs Onigilly, with Koji Kanematsu of Onigilly
Aug 24 • 59 min
The lack of decent lunch options led Koji Kanematsu to launch Onigilly, serving onigiri—traditional Japanese rice balls—to busy American workers. He now has an ambitious mission to build Onigilly into a nationwide chain of at least 500 locations, as a…
17: BBQ is a Little Mystical, with Steven Hollifield of Seismic BBQ
Aug 10 • 59 min
Steven Hollifield walked into a kitchen dish-pit, found it magical, and remained in food service his entire career. He now runs two kitchen-based businesses, Seismic BBQ and South Basin Kitchen, and joins us to discuss how he got his start, shares some…
16: It’s So Hot In San Francisco
Jul 27 • 17 min
It was unusually warm in San Francisco in early June, so we took a quick break from interviews to chat with each other about ice cream to keep us cool during these rare, warm San Francisco evenings. If you live in—or plan to visit—San Francisco, consider…
15: I’m the “J”, with Joel Sakakihara of R&J Toffees
Jul 13 • 51 min
This episode is dedicated to James Yamaoka. Joel Sakakihara and his brother updated their grandfather’s 60 year old toffee recipe, and built a business that’s grown from farmer’s markets to Costco and Whole Foods. Joel joins us to chat about the…
14: Two Whole Croissants, with Robert Hac of Sons & Daughters
Jun 22 • 45 min
Award-winning pastry chef Robert Hac joins us to taste some of the best chocolate croissants in San Francisco. Robert is the pastry chef at Sons & Daughters, where he builds seasonal desserts inspired by memories of the foods he ate as a kid. He traces…
13: I Moved 6,000 Pounds By Hand, with Elyce Zahn of Coco Tutti
Jun 8 • 59 min
As an entrepreneur, you do what it takes to make your dream a reality, and Elyce Zahn almost literally built Coco Tutti by hand. She makes gorgeous, “addictively edible” chocolate artwork, an award-winning business she started just as her architectural…
12: Food Is Not A Widget, with Mirit Cohen of Adobe
May 25 • 53 min
Mirit Cohen was “executive chef” of her family’s large dinner gatherings long before becoming Executive Chef at Google and Adobe, as well as CEO of her own “daily foodservice” business. Now Adobe’s Global Workplace Experience Programs Manager, Mirit…
11: A Chocolate Tourist, with Jack Epstein of Chocolate Covered
May 11 • 41 min
You don’t need passion to start a business, but you do need it to keep one going for a quarter century. Life-long entrepreneur Jack Epstein of Chocolate Covered sells over a thousand artisan chocolates from his store in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San…
10: I Prefer My Beer Distilled, with Stuart Cristol-Deman of Stuart on the Coast
Apr 27 • 48 min
Stuart went from whiskey novice to Certified Bourbon Steward, turning a bad first impression with whisky into a passion he now shares with others in his at-home whiskey tasting and cooking classes. We taste our way through a personalized flight of four…
9: I Used to Dance Around Those Trees, with Nafy Flatley of Teranga Juice
Apr 13 • 47 min
The baobab tree looms large in the life of Nafy Flatley. Its fruit juice nourished her when she was young, and powers her Teranga Juice business today. We discuss the origins of Nafy’s business and learn a lot about the “tree of life”, including its…
8: The Ice Cream Atmosphere, with Lori Phillips of Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos
Mar 23 • 61 min
From an immunology Ph.D to ice cream entrepreneur, learn how a book, a funny name, and a memory of an ice cream taco all came together to form Lori’s delicious desert business. We discuss reasons to remaining artisanal, the argument against franchising,…
7: My Kitchen as a Lab, with Guilianna Glassman of Alma Superfoods
Mar 9 • 29 min
Why does Guilianna of Alma Superfoods say “my kitchen is my lab”? And how did a dislike of peanut butter turn into a nut butter business? Guilianna grew up in the Peruvian Andes where she helped her mom run a popular catering business. From her mom, she…
6: The Business of Food Awards
Feb 23 • 18 min
The Good Food Awards Mercantile is the place to taste the future of food, from small, sustainable producers. We discuss the Good Food Foundation that puts it on, and chat with two Good Food Guild members, direct from the show floor. Links and Show Notes…
5: Most of Them Will Give Up, with Lu Den of Lulu Yum
Feb 9 • 30 min
Lulu runs a cake business, but is her ultimate goal to build a lifestyle brand? A self-taught baker and accidental entrepreneur, Lulu got her start making cakes for friends, who convinced her they were good enough to sell. We learn the value of…
4: The Appreciation They Deserve, with Mark Priestley of Yummy Artisan Foods
Jan 26 • 31 min
Mark has the best job: he tastes award-winning, artisan-crafted olive oils, chocolates and honey, and shares his finds with the world. He leads us through a chocolate tasting, and chats about why he started his business. Links and Show Notes Yummy Artisan…
3: These Shows Stress Me Out
Jan 12 • 37 min
We pick our favorite shows, movies and documentaries about food and cooking, from old school classics to new school faves. And a few things we definitely do not like.… Links and Show Notes Julia Child (PBS) The French Chef With Julia Child, Amazon Prime…
2: Not to Yuck My Mom’s Yum, with Melanie Rogers of Slow Brine
Dec 29, 2018 • 29 min
Melanie has a pickle problem, and there’s only one way to solve it: More pickles! Can she pickle anything? We explore the difficulty of starting a food business when you have no experience, and getting hung up on the details that don’t matter (or do…
1: A Crust and Fudgy Center, with Amanda Garcia of NeoCocoa
Dec 15, 2018 • 28 min
Amanda Garcia joins us to explore the value of attending school to get experience—and confidence—vs. getting into the industry early. Amanda—who fell in love with chocolate while attending pastry school—shares her thoughts on learning the fundamentals,…
0: 0: We’re a Little Food Crazy (Pilot)
Dec 15, 2018 • 25 min
We're Christine and Tammy: friends, food enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Between us, we own three food businesses, and have lots to say about food, the food business, and the people who work in our industry. In this pilot episode, we share our backstory…